Herded to the center of the ape capital city, Ulysse is separated from his companions and eventually taken into the care of kindly scientist Zira, who saves him from experimentation. In time Ulysse addresses the ape president in a Congress-like setting, and afterward is granted the right to wear clothes, hobnob with the citizenry and explore his new home peaceably. Eventually Ulysse reconnects and falls in love with Nova. And when he mates with her the ape philosophical leader Dr. Zaius concludes Ulysse isn't special, but as primitively driven by his physical passions as the rest of human kind, and therefore just as dangerous. He is ordered to be put down.
Ulysse, Nova ... and their new child ... escape, manage to find Ulysse’s original spacecraft, and they journey back to what they believe to be 20th century earth. Upon landing outside of Paris they discover their earth is now the PLANET OF THE APES, and the world they were on was just a future version of it. Ulysse launches a journal of his adventure into space for someone to find. And as the story ends, the vacationing “bookend” couple are revealed to be apes, they scoffing at the manuscript and the notion of a human being able to read, write and the most far fetched idea of all - pilot a spacecraft.
Artist conception of scene from the novel: Ulysse testifies before the Ape Congress
Arthur P. Jacobs
ARTHUR P. JACOBS was born in 1922, graduated from the University of Southern California, then began his film career as a publicist with MGM and Warner Bros. before starting his own PR firm - where he'd in time represent such names as Marilyn Monroe, Jimmie Stewart and Gregory Peck. Monroe helped Jacobs make the leap to producer by agreeing to top line his star-studded extravaganza WHAT A WAY TO GO (1964), a fanciful comedy wherein Louisa May Foster (Monroe) comes to believe she’s under a magical curse.
Continually marrying poor men out of love, they all end up striking it rich, then they die, leaving Louisa with an ever increasing fortune. Monroe’s participation and Jacobs’ P.R. saavy attracted Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Gene Kelly, Dean Martin and others to the project. And 20th Century Fox greenlit it.